The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest faculty of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg with more than 8,500 students, twelve departments and over 30 studies. In addition to the departments of Ancient Studies, Arts, Music and Dance Studies, Communication Studies, Education, English and American Studies, German Studies, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology, Romance Studies and Slavic Studies, the Cooperation Focus Art and Research (with the Mozarteum University) and various inter-faculty co-operations, which involve departments of our faculty, offer a broad and diverse range of studies.
Disciplines of the faculty are represented in university focal points and centers (Interdisciplinary Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Literature Archive Salzburg, Salzburg Center of European Union Studies, Stefan Zweig Center, Center for Jewish Cultural History). The breadth of initiatives in research and teaching at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences can also be described in terms of the four PLUS leitmotives. Examples of this are a large number of research projects in the fields of Digital Humanities (Digital Life), Arts and Cultural Studies (Art in Context), Political and Historical Sustainability Research (Development & Sustainability) and Food Studies (Health & Mind). Researchers of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are internationally networked and active in numerous third-party funded projects. Among other things, an ERC-funded project (“Tradepower”) is located at the Department of Political Science and Sociology, while the Department of German Studies cooperates with colleagues from the Universities of Vienna and Graz as well as the ÖAW within the framework of the FWF-funded Special Research Center (SFB) “German in Austria.” Teacher training combines the work of most of the departments located at the faculty. The cooperation with the School of Education is correspondingly close. The diversity of doctoral projects supervised at the faculty requires the involvement of KGW scientists at a number of Doctorate-School-PLUS-Kollegs.
As of 01.01.2022 the faculty will be divided into two new faculties as part of the realignment of the Paris-Lodron University. A Faculty of Humanities will then be home for the more culturally oriented departments (Ancient Studies, English and American Studies, German Studies, Art, Music and Dance Studies, Linguistics, Romance Studies and Slavic Studies), a Faculty of Social Sciences will host the departments with a more social science driven approach (Communication Studies, Educational Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology).